Amount of the unemployment benefit

The unemployment benefit paid by Kela amounts to EUR 33.66 per day. The benefit is paid for five days per week (including mid-week holidays).

Increases

The unemployment benefit is increased if you care for children under the age of 18 years. The child increase amounts to

  • EUR 5.28 per day for one child
  • EUR 7.76 per day in total for two children
  • EUR 10.00 per day in total for three or more children

The child increase is payable starting from the birth of the child. You are also entitled to child increase for your spouse's/partner's under-age children if they life in the same household.

During participation in employment promoting services, the unemployment benefit can be paid at an increased rate for up to 200 days. The increase is EUR 4.79 per day.

Without increases, the amount of the unemployment benefit is on average EUR 724 per month (21.5 x EUR 33.66). You must pay tax on the unemployment benefit.

Your income affects the amount of the unemployment benefit.

You can estimate the allowance due to you by means of a calculator application.

Kela pays the benefit on the basis of the unemployment status report

Unemployment benefits are paid to your bank account every four weeks. Payment is made at the end of each four-week period. The first payment period is two weeks.

The payment of the unemployment benefit is based on the unemployment status report, which you must complete every 4 weeks either in Kela's online customer service or on form TT2e (Unemployment status report). In the report you must indicate which days you have been unemployed, working or, for instance, in job training.

Waiting period

The unemployment benefit has a waiting period. You must have been registered as an unemployed jobseeker with the TE Services for at least 5 working days in order to qualify for the benefit. The waiting period does not have to be continuous. The days of unemployment for a maximum of 8 consecutive calendar weeks can be included.

For those who work part-time, the waiting period is calculated by deducting the working hours during the calendar week from the maximum working hours according to the collective agreement. When these hours amount to 5 working days, the waiting period has been completed.

The waiting period for labour market subsidy is only applied once. If you change directly from basic unemployment allowance or earnings-related unemployment allowance to labour market subsidy, there is no new waiting period. The waiting period is applied only once for each maximum payment period for the basic unemployment allowance and earnings-related unemployment allowance.

It is worthwhile to apply for an unemployment benefit only after the waiting period. Complete the application starting from the first day of unemployment, but do not file the application with Kela until the waiting period is completed. By doing so you can get a decision on your application quicker.

During participation in employment promoting services, the unemployment benefit is normally paid also during the waiting period.

Compensations payable at the end of an employment relationship

If the employer has paid you some kind of economic benefit at the end of the employment relationship, this will affect the starting date of the unemployment benefit.

Use the calculator application to check over how long a period the economic benefit paid to you will be periodised after the end of the employment relationship.

The activation model may still affect benefits payable in 2020

The activation model has been revoked as of the beginning of 2020 (in Finnish). Starting from 1 January 2020, Kela will no longer monitor the activity of the recipients of unemployment benefits, and no reductions will be made to the unemployment benefits. The benefit will automatically revert to its normal level on 1 January 2020.

The activation model will affect unemployment benefits that have accrued in 2019, even though the date of payment is in 2020. The activation model may affect your unemployment benefit if you apply for an unemployment benefit retrospectively for a period in 2019, and you did not during that period satisfy the activity requirement.

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